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Comment: Re:28nm 16 cores is next (Score 1) 198

by textstring (#35464708) Attached to: China Switching To Home-Grown Chips For Supercomputers

That link is a really interesting read. In particular, this quote struck me:

Intel's CPUs use techniques such as having 5 Floating Point
Units designed by separate teams, having them all on-board the CPU, and
asking every unit to perform the same calculation. As the units
are all by different teams, with different designs, they have different
advantages, given different ranges of inputs. The fastest to complete the
calculation is chosen, each time, and all other partial answers abandoned.
The resources wasted, all in the name of "speed"...

I've never heard this before. A casual search turned up nothing, how do you know this?

Comment: Re:Al Jazeera has been available in the US for YEA (Score 2) 48

by textstring (#35191056) Attached to: DailyMotion Now Streaming Live News

Or the one-liner to watch AJE from the command-line:
rtmpdump -v -r rtmp:// -y "aljazeera_en_veryhigh?videoId=747084146001&lineUpId=&pubId=665003303001&playerId=751182905001&affiliateId=" -W " -p " -a "aljazeeraflashlive-live?videoId=747084146001&lineUpId=&pubId=665003303001&playerId=751182905001&affiliateId=" | mplayer -
Other 24/7 live RTMP streams here:

Comment: Re:not surprising really (Score 2, Informative) 159

by textstring (#32139604) Attached to: Vibration Killing Enterprise Disk Performance?

The same techniques that silent PC nerds use to isolate their hard drive to keep it quiet would of course help reduce vibrations (I mean, that's the point). There is the thread detailing the techniques used to suspend/isolate HDD's at

Comment: Re:It is flexible. Bendable to be precise. (Score 1) 162

by textstring (#31375392) Attached to: Asus Takes Another Stab at Revolutionizing Netbook Market

I know this is all vaporware design shit but part of that first video for the future-watch says it has gesture control. This is totally cool. If you had a smart watch that covered the lower wrist couldn't you use sensors to read tendons? I might actually wear a watch if I could type on it like an old school chord-board.

Comment: Re:Debug key (Score 1) 806

by textstring (#30766048) Attached to: Does Your PC Really Need a SysRq Button Anymore?

I'm not a snob. I usually buy the $9.99 keyboards for machines I use.

You don't have to drop a mint to get a good keyboard. Check out your local free geek (or equivalent) and you'll likely find an IBM model m in a giant pile of keyboard for under $10. They won't break but you will care about it dearly.

Comment: Re:Sigh... (Score 1) 560

by textstring (#29955904) Attached to: Pirate Bay Closure Sparked P2P Explosion

You've got some years on me. I appreciated their pc rips for those years when iso's had taken over and I was still 56k-ing it. Who cares if the video was missing and it took 3 hours to unpack the sound, their cracktros always made up for it. I don't know if I'd even run a cracktro if I somehow got one these days (there's no trust anymore). Here's their deathtro:

Comment: Re:Super computer? (Score 2, Informative) 260

by textstring (#29881479) Attached to: Asus Releases Desktop-Sized Supercomputer

So in other words its 10 years behind the performance of the current 500th best super computer.

If the top500 list is really a good indicator, this system would have definitely made the 2004/06 list and maybe the 2004/11. You can basically build a 5 year old top 500 supercomputer today for $15k. It would have been top 10 in 1999/06. So it's 10 years from top 10 supercomputer to a personal, desktop "super"-computer but it'll probably take even less time for today's fastest machines to become affordable.

Also remember this is your personal supercomputer. It's working on your jobs 24/7. And really, 1/40th of current "super"-computer speeds for HPC testing, development and even actual relevant work really isn't that bad. You could get some serious work done of one of these boxes (or any generic box like it).

Comment: Re:Zotac Ionitx (Score 2, Informative) 697

by textstring (#29867559) Attached to: Low-Power Home Linux Server?

I've got one of these too. I love it for what it does: perform all my 24/7 computing desires (except gaming) while drawing very little power and producing no noise (well, except when it's playing 1080p or stuttering on SD web flash video).
It's really over-kill if he just wants a server.
If I were to buy a server it would be a rack.

Comment: Re:Keep fighting... (Score 1) 244

by textstring (#29625423) Attached to: The Pirate Bay Sails To a New Home

I bet it'd be easy to spot a tracker like thepiratebay on the onion network if you had enough node information. Though I think it'd work for smaller trackers or if tor had much wider use. Or it'd work well if trackers played a much smaller role in peering (e.g. DHT) and were only polled once per client.
I think you've got the right idea and I'd even wager onion-router trackers already exists.

A method of solution is perfect if we can forsee from the start, and even prove, that following that method we shall attain our aim. -- Leibnitz